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Ricardo Cavolo

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Ricardo Cavolo is a Spanish artist now based in Brighton, UK.

His bright and bold creations – usually made with traditional techniques and materials such as watercolours, inks and acrylics – depict misfit characters in Frida Kahlo - esque folk art tones and bring ’em into a contemporary context with cool details like glasses, tattoos, bikes and dope shoes.

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Born in Salamanca, Spain, in 1982, in his father’s painting studio, Ricardo was predestined and engaged in the artistic world since birth.

He grew up playing with brushes, colors and paintings. After working for some advertising agencies, Cavolo got a pair of work for Cirque du Soleil, giving him a verve to start working for himself, in his own art studio. In three years of his artistic independence, he illustrated many books, magazines, t-shirts, and designed tattoos and most recent, murals. At the same time, Ricardo is making personal projects for exhibitions all over the world.


 
 

Crucial moment in his artistic growth was the discovery of outsider, naïve art, which is now the main inspiration in his oeuvre.

Always working around portraits, even when he wants to speak about something more in general, Ricardo is astonished about each particular life, finding in it magic and unique stories.

 
 
 

‘Every portrait speaks about something big in life,’ the primal painter says, ‘love, madness, roots, bravery, misery, hope. A portrait can hold an entire universe in a single face.’

His series of portraits for a show named Life and Lives, display society’s outsiders – from artists and orphans to prisoners, feral children and slum kids, in order to tell multiple stories about their unusual, marginalized identities.

 
 

Another main theme and inspiration in Cavolo’s art are myths and legends from different cultures.

Amazed by these magic tales, he uses these stories to create a secret symbolism within his work, connecting primitive theories of origin of life with our modern age. Converting these ideas into graphic symbols, Ricardo observes that ‘we can be the most modern and technological version of a human being possible, but inside we are still primitive.’

 
 
 

'If there was one word to describe the work of Ricardo Cavolo it would have to be “fire,” the Spanish artist told us.'

Indeed, not only are there depictions of flames in Cavolo’s diverse range of artwork, but the self-taught creative always seems to bring the heat in any sort of endeavor he encounters. He has garnered worldwide acclaim for his mind-bending paintings, illustrations, and murals that cull medieval alongside traditional folk art references.
Moreover, key artistic influences also extend to his favorite fashion brands spanning Gucci and Prada alongside renowned musicians such as Kanye West and The Notorious B.I.G. In fact, Cavolo is perhaps most famously known for designing Kaytranada’s debut studio album, 99.9%.

 
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Ricardo also draws inspiration from tattoos and their visual aspect.

Seeing tattoos as codes and a way of speaking a new language, characters living in his paintings are depicted in his own graphic alphabet. A perfect tool that creates little stories inside another, bigger story, tattoos, like magical symbols and talismans, explain the whole life of characters, being a biography in the skin.

 

In 2020 the Berlin-based Taiwanese animator Cheng-Hsu Chung has worked with Ricardo to create this blazingly psychedelic affair for Chelou's song Wayward - in fact, a vibrant visual interpretation of the song's lyrics.

Chung and Cavolo imagine a world of possibilities for a cartoon version of Chelou: a landscape of random objects exist beneath his double pair of eyes; he leaves the lake where he lives on his legs of fire, transforming into a bird (and a cigarette) before flying off to pastures new, continue his journey of self-discovery, and ending up on a mountainside with the sands of time.

 
 

Through all of his works, Ricardo uses bright blues and reds to decorate his characters.

His large body of work include murals, a painted ukulele, customized sneakers and painted logs.


 
https://shop.ricardocavolo.com/
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Chiquita by Ricardo Cavolo

Ricardo Cavolo has been selected as the artist to develop a limited edition of Chiquita stickers.
Ricardo Cavolo drew them using the digital Google Tilt Brush, a virtual reality (VR) app that generated the stickers in 3D.

 
 
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"The main subject of my work is people. I like to talk about people and their lives through complex portraits with so many details for completing the whole biography. I pretend that life story with drawings, so people can read it through all those details based on the portrait of the person. More specifically, I want to talk about the lives of people that aren’t normal, people from the b-side of life, outsiders at some point. I want them to be in a proper place and to show the rest of people that lives from that part of life are as valuable and special as the ‘regular’ ones or even better and more interesting."

Ricardo Cavolo

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Apparel Music 'Birthday 6' by Ricardo Cavolo

Originally founded by KiSk back in 2009 - Apparel Music set out to offer something truly singular in focusing their musical output predominately on Jazz whilst venturing into its integration across the landscape of Electronic Music at the time. In 2016 the label makes a return with a slick 4-track VA - featuring Voyeur, Ivano Tetelepta & Eugène Latumeten, KiSk and Kerem Akdag - that fans both old and new will relish. Strictly limited to a pressing of 200 on 180 grams of wax, the stunning cover art is realised by Ricardo.